Jada Brayboy doesnt load up a stat sheet. The Providence Day senior point guard has only averaged a little more than six points per game in her career.Thats because she hasnt had to. Shes been able to pass the ball to players like Nneka Awuruonye (UNC Greensboro and Lenoir-Rhyne), Olivia Parker (Gardner-Webb) and Tiffany Mitchell (South Carolina).Last year I had people on my team that could score 20 points on any given day, so there was no point for me to score, said Brayboy, 17. Id rather just distribute the ball, make nice passes. I like making nice passes. Brayboy, a UNC Asheville signee, has been a key part of Providence Days last three N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A championships. She will have to play an even bigger role this year if the Chargers want to win a fourth straight. Brayboy, originally from Sumter, S.C., moved to Charlotte when she was in fifth grade. She grew up doing ballet, but quit around the same time she started playing basketball. She made the varsity team at Providence Day as a freshman and started most games that season, averaging 5.6 points and 1.3 assists. Jadas always had a strong, athletic body, said Providence Day coach Josh Springer. A lot of kids come into high school and theyre soft. ... Jadas always been able to handle the physicality part of it, which is a big deal. Years of ballet helped the 5-foot-7 Brayboy with balance, footwork and posture in basketball. The work ethic also carried over. Any sport you do, you have to be dedicated, Brayboy said. I dont think Ive ever missed a dance recital and I never miss a basketball practice or a game unless theres a serious incident that happened where I cant be there. Brayboy averaged 7.1 points and 3.5 assists as a sophomore and last year averaged 5.9 points and 3.7 assists. Her biggest improvement over the last three years has been in her assist-to-turnover ratio, which has improved from 1-to-1 freshman year to more than 2-to-1 last year, according to Springer. From her freshman year to now shes made great strides in those areas, Springer said. Shes always had good leadership skills. Her leadership skills will be even more important this year. The Chargers graduated four seniors that averaged a combined 38.9 points per game: Parker, Mitchell, Cailan Howey and Dacia Thompson. Brayboy is one of only two starters returning for Providence Day.Jada knows a lot more of it is on her shoulders, not just scoring and taking care of the ball, but communicating and reaffirming what our expectations are for young players, Springer said. She has strong leadership capabilities and Im looking forward to seeing them blossom even further throughout the year here. After three years at point guard, Brayboy is comfortable with her role on the team. I feel like (my role) is to lead the team, show them what it is to be on the varsity team and also its to make the new people on the team feel a part of the family, Brayboy said. Though they may not be as strong as years past, the Chargers have talented players with Brayboy and 6-3 junior center Jatarie WhiteWhite averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds last year and is ranked as the No. 3 junior in the country by ESPN. Brayboy signed with UNC Asheville earlier this month, saying that she liked the campus, the coaching staff and the schools new arena.Weve got a Division I point guard and a Division I post player and I know a lot of teams in America that would love to have that, Springer said. Like a lot of teams, were not a finished product right now, but Im excited about where were going to go this year.The key will be how the other seven players on the roster step up. Were going to have to score the ball, Brayboy said. Its not just, you can give the ball to one person and they go attack the basket. Its going to have to be a team thing. Providence Day has won seven of the last eight NCISAA 3A state championships and hasnt lost a conference game in nine years. Brayboy wants to uphold that tradition by winning her fourth title in four years. It would mean a lot, Brayboy said. Not many people can say theyve won four championships, every year, never lost one. It would be good if that happened, but its not going to be easy. You have to work for it everyday. Its not given just because we have Providence Day (on our jersey). Brayboy is willing to do whatever it takes to get there, even if it means that shes not the one making headlines or filling up the stat sheet. Im not the type of person where I want everything to be about me, Brayboy said. My philosophy is the team ... as long as the team succeeds Im cool with it.
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012
Can Providence Day win 4 titles in a row?
Senior point guard Jada Brayboy is one of only two starters returning
Senior point guard Ja'da Brayboy is one of two returning starters on Providence Day's girls' basketball team. She is signed to play at UNC Asheville next year.